Pro: Smooth, water wicking material. Bountiful pouch with room in the front. Short legs openings which sit well and do not move while wearing.
A gray checkered flag stripe on the rear that adds depth to the brief and unexpected flair.
Con: Sizing was slightly too big for my waist. Also, while there is an excess amount of space within the pouch, if you don’t fill it all the material
somewhat flops around. I would prefer it to be slightly tighter and form closer to my frame.
Recommendation: I purchased this pair through Box Menswear’s official page during a flash sale in recognition of St. Patrick’s day. Traditionally listed for sale at around $33, I purchased this pair for $20. It was during this purchase that I also took advantage of buying a special “Irish Colors” briefs 3 pack for $20 (This review is upcoming).
Over the past 18 months Box has created and grown an independent fan following, primarily fueled through social media. Their Instagram page is how I was introduced to this company. What I have found most unique and refreshing about this company is how they leverage independent and professional models to represent their products on their personal IG pages and then sharing their work on their site for product reference and promotional purposes. Seeing Box worn and represented on these models
creates an aspirational emotion within buyers and certainly had an effect on my purchase and desire to try the brand.
Now back to the swim brief, since it is not yet summer in the Northeast US (it really needs to happen already!) I wore this pair a few times around the house and also went edgy, wearing this to the local Y to swim laps. Upon first putting it on I observed a rope drawstring which can be manually adjusted to the given waist of the wearer. While I usually prefer this design, I found that the size Small I ordered was slightly too wide for my waistline. It did fit but not as snug as desired. There is an internal lining within the pouch that sits smoothly upon my skin. Also to my surprise, I found a grey checkered pattern in an almost pinstripe on the backside of the brief. I loved this addition! As mentioned in the “pros” section it adds depth and rhythm to the brief instead of merely a plain black swim brief.
The brief is low rise, sitting right above my butt and is designed to make your lower abdominals pop (It is an excellent way to keep giving me ongoing gym motivation.) There is minimal leg coverage, with probably a 1″ rise on the brief. Upon putting the brief onto my body, I overall enjoyed it. It was slightly too wide in the waist, but the material (88% polyamide, 12% spandex) was exceptionally smooth and wicked water from my body with ease. The leg opening did not chafe against my skin while wearing. The stitching was done with quality, and there have been no defects that have emerged after wearing.
With summer almost here, I am very excited to be able to wear this pair more. All in all, if you need a solid swim brief with masculine flair, I would recommend this pair. Wait for sales though as these happen often. To stay in the loop on Box’s products and deals, follow their Instagram page @boxmenswear.